Polypharmacy — What Is It, and How Do I Avoid It?

This presentation will focus on the dangers of polypharmacy. What is overmedication, or medication overload, and how can you address it? In the US, 40% of people take 5 or more regular medications, which can increase the risk of falls, hospitalizations, and other bad outcomes. Polypharmacy can result from the appropriate treatment of multiple medical problems, but needs to be minimized to help reduce the harmful risks of medications. This program will focus on the types of drugs to avoid and how to have a conversation with your healthcare professional about which medications are right or wrong for you.

Presented by Holly M. Holmes, MD, MS, AGSF, Associate Professor and Joan and Stanford Alexander Chair in Gerontology